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Earmark Hunting: Less Than 50 Reps To Go!

Just five days ago, I was excited to report that fewer than 100 members of Congress and Senators remained on our “wanted” list, and that 30,000 earmarks were in the database.

Well, today we’ve crossed below 50 wanted representatives, and there are more than 35,000 earmarks in the database. This is a tribute to the hard work of Americans who want to see the earmark process under control.

They’ve already succeeded, in one sense. The precedent we’ve set here will be carried on by the Office of Management and Budget in the White House next year.

As we near completion of the data collection phase, we’ll start to spend time on data quality—culling out any duplicates, correcting errors, and so on. (It’s a pretty conscientious group entering data, so I doubt we’ll encounter huge problems.)

Then we’ll tag the earmark requests that have been granted—the ones that have shown up in legislation (like this one!). These are the ones to focus on between now and the time the annual spending bills pass. (Fiscal year 2010 starts October 1st.)

In the end, we will have opened a huge window onto the earmarks ecosystem and the spending habits of Congress. Congratulations are already due to our earmark hunters, who have laid the foundation for some real insights into this process. Now we’ve got to get just this last fifty . . . .

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Chris W.

This is a great website for researching my representative and the wasteful spending he is supporting.
Thanks!

Lawrence Gist

Minnick does not seek earmarks but I just submitted the above URL where he “announces $9.75 million to create jobs in rural Idaho.” The interesting thing is that he played both sides of the issue, voted against the bill, BUT made sure the bill would include pork for his supporters back home. I smell something, but it is not pork.

FYI, take a look at the earmarks (two of them) that provide health care for catfish — REALLY!!! Look for “Catfish Health Initiative” in Mississippi under Sen. Wicker and Rep. Harper – the self-professed “conservative man of faith and integrity.”

Jim Harper

We are only seeking requests for directed spending in the FY 2010 appropriations bills. Congressman Minnick may exhibit hypocrisy by refusing earmarks but touting federal spending in his area, but that doesn’t mean that the spending is an earmark.

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